Stewart, Reinhardt Lead USC Over Lafayette 100-64

    Dec. 23, 2015

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) Elijah Stewart scored 27 points and Katin Reinhardt added 26 points as Southern California defeated Lafayette 100-64 on Wednesday night for its sixth consecutive victory.

    Stewart and Reinhardt combined to make 12 of 18 3-pointers. Southern Cal (11-2) shot 55 percent overall while eclipsing the 100-point mark for the third time this season, one game after shooting 37 percent in a 70-51 victory over SIU-Edwardsville.

    Jordan McLaughlin recorded his first double-double of the season for Southern Cal with 14 points and a school-record 16 assists, breaking Brandon Granville's mark of 15 set in 2000.

    Chimezie Netu added 15 points and eight rebounds, and Nikola Jovanovic chipped in 12 points and eight rebounds as five Trojans reached double figures in the team's most one-sided victory this season.

    Nick Lindner scored 18 to lead Lafayette (3-8), which lost for the sixth time in seven road games this season.

    USC opened the second half with 11 straight points to push its lead to 56-37 on Netu's basket with 16:45 left in the game. Lafayette missed six consecutive shots during the Trojans run.

    Southern Cal extended a 26-23 advantage to 43-29 on Stewart's second of consecutive 3-pointers with 2:41 left in the first half. Lafayette responded with eight straight points and USC's McLaughlin beat the halftime buzzer with a top-of-the-key jumper for a 45-37 lead.

    For the third time in four games, Southern Cal played without junior guard Julian Jacobs, who has been slowed by tendinitis in his left Achilles.



    Lafayette: The Leopards went into the game averaging 71 points in road games vs. 82.5 points at home. ... The 2,738-mile journey from the Leopards' Kirby Sports Center to the Trojans' Galen Center was the longest road trip for Lafayette in three years. The trip was 144 miles shorter than Lafayette's trip to Stanford on Dec. 29, 2012. ... The Leopards, defending Patriot League champs, have been picked sixth in the league after losing three 1,000-point scorers to graduation - Seth Hinrichs, Joey Ptasinski and Dan Trist.

    Southern Cal: The Trojans wrapped up their December schedule a perfect 6-0, their first perfect December since going 6-0 during the 1991-92 season. The Trojans open the Pacific-12 schedule by playing five of the first seven conference games on the road. The Trojans recorded 81 blocks in their first 12 games, ranking them No. 1 among Division I schools in total blocks through games of Dec. 21.


    Lafayette: At Colgate on Wednesday.

    Southern Cal: At Washington State on Jan. 1